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Comment Re:Imagine a programmer who can't debug (Score 2) 80

I wasn't referring to training. I was referring to the pilots themselves. I've trained lots of programmers how to debug and some of them just don't get it. Sure they'll be able to solve issues that directly relate to problems they've been trained to solve. But they lack a holistic, intuitive sense of the system they're working with and that shows when they're faced with problems that don't neatly fit within their training.

Comment Re:Reporting bias (Score 1) 80

They should train pilots for that because planes are enormously complex engineering devices that sometimes do things that designers and engineers can't anticipate. We're not even talking about exotic events here - just basic knowledge about how to fly the plane under quasi-manual control without putting it into an uncontrollable drive. Oh, and also train them not to pull circuit breakers that are control critical flight surfaces just because you saw a mechanic do it while the plane was on the ground.

Submission + - CEO Paying Everyone $70,000 Salaries Has Something to Hide (bloomberg.com)

JoeyRox writes: Bloomberg writes that Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, may have had an ulterior motive for his widely-praised decision to pay all employees a salary of $70k while cutting his own salary in the process. "It’s a poignant story, one that I almost wrote. Until I realized Price knew more than he was letting on."

Submission + - Why CIA is smearing Edward Snowden after Paris attacks (latimes.com)

JoeyRox writes: "Decent people see tragedy and barbarism when viewing a terrorism attack. American politicians and intelligence officials see something else: opportunity. Bodies were still lying in the streets of Paris when CIA operatives began exploiting the resulting fear and anger to advance long-standing political agendas. They and their congressional allies instantly attempted to heap blame for the atrocity not on Islamic State but on several preexisting adversaries: Internet encryption, Silicon Valley's privacy policies and Edward Snowden."

Comment Black Friday emblematic of wider econimic issues (Score 2) 139

There is an analog between how the Christmas holiday season keeps getting pushed earlier into the year vs the current disfunction of the economy as a whole. Both are attempting to compensate for poor performance by pulling forward whatever demand there is. For retail this means earlier and deeper sales. For the economy it means greater (and longer duration) fiscal and economic stimulus.

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz